MATT Scorringe

From the moment I first stood up on a wave, my life has revolved around surfing.

My passion for coaching has grown out of the knowledge and skills I’ve gained both as a competitive surfer and as the caddy for one of the world’s best surfers.

Now, my mission is to help all surfers fulfil their potential – combining the art of crafting a surfer’s personal style with the science behind mastering the perfect technique.

MY  Story

While travelling the world as a sponsored freesurfer for Billabong, I met and became close friends with former World Surf League surfer Josh Kerr. He offered me the opportunity of a lifetime – to be his personal filmer and caddy on the 2009 World Surf League (WSL) tour.

Over that year, I attended all 12 WSL events with Josh. I filmed every surf and heat to analyse where he could improve and help him rise to the top of the World Surf League.

When I returned home at the end of the 2009 season, my world was turned upside down. I was diagnosed with leukaemia and needed extensive chemotherapy for the next two years. At the same time, I studied and learned as much as I could about natural health, nutrition and wellbeing, and went on to win my fight with cancer.

After recovering from my illness, I decided to follow my passion and use my experience and knowledge to coach surfers. In 2013, I developed The Art of Surfing as a way of passing on my skills to the next generation of aspiring New Zealand surfers.

My Experience

SURFING

      Growing up in the small coastal town of Whangamata on the Coromandel, the ocean quickly became my calling.

I started competing at a young age in local boardriders comps, scholastics and nationals. I first represented New Zealand at the International Surfing Association World Junior Titles in Bali at age 14 and went on to represent the country in my junior-age divisions every year.

At age 16, I competed in the World U20 Pro Junior Series, travelling with Billabong’s international team. That’s when I experienced my first taste of coaching, through the Occy and Luke Egan Billabong development camps. I went on to compete on the World Qualifying Series in 2006 and 2007, before stepping down from international competition to focus on travelling the world as a sponsored freesurfer for Billabong.

SURF COACHING

  • 2009 – Caddy for WSL pro surfer Josh Kerr
  • 2013 – Founded The Art of Surfing
  • 2014 – Founded The Art of Surfing’s Bali franchise
  • 2014 & 2015 – New Zealand World Junior Team Head Coach
  • 2015 – Raglan Academy Surf Coach
  • 2015 – Taranaki Scholastics Team Head Coach
  • 2015 – Waikato Region Coach of The Year
  • 2018 & 2019 – Surfing NZ Olympic Pathway Head Coach
  • 2020 – New Zealand Olympic Head Coach
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